A Wisconsin The hospice nurse has been accused of amputating a dying man’s frozen foot without his permission, reportedly for display in his family’s taxidermy shop.
Authorities say that on May 27, Mary K. Brown, 38, cut off the victim’s right foot without her consent or a doctor’s approval, telling a nurse she planned to display it with a sign that read “Take your boots, kids,” according to a criminal complaint obtained by WQOW.
Victim’s leg amputated by nurse without her permission, says she felt everything during surgery
The victim, who was not publicly named, was admitted to Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Spring Valley in March with severe frostbite in both feet.
Within a month or two, doctors assumed he was near death, with witnesses saying his foot had been severely necrotic and was only held together by dead skin and tendons, according to the complaint.
To make matters worse, the man said he felt everything during the amputation and was in agonizing pain, clutching a nurse’s hand and moaning during the surgery.
Brown tried to explain the decision to cut off the man’s foot, telling police he did it to make him feel more comfortable, adding that it is what he would have wanted if he had been in his position.
On Friday, Spring Valley Senior Living and Health Care administrator and CEO Kevin Larson confirmed to WQOW that Brown no longer works at the facility.
Nurse who no longer works in a center, accused of physical abuse of an elderly person
“We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation of this matter. The person identified is not employed in our community.”
Meanwhile, it is unclear when the victim died, according to the outlet.
Brown was charged with physical abuse of an elderly person, intentionally causing great bodily harm, as well as chaos. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 6.
No images or mugshots of Brown were immediately available as of Monday.
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
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